A performer who was rehearsing in the toilet of a French train was quizzed by police as a possible terrorist threat after a guard overheard the words “weapon” and “gun”, transport specialists said.
The 35-year-old had closed himself away to practice his lines for an English-language stage role.
But a passing train guard who overheard his soliloquy raised the alarm, telling his bosses there was somebody discussing weaponry in the WC.
The high-speed train, on the way to Paris from Marseille, made an unscheduled stop in the city of Valence where security forces took the man for questioning at a police headquarters.
He was later discharged without charge.
France is still under a state of emergency imposed after the November 2015 attacks in Paris, when jihadists killed 130 individuals in a night of carnage at venues over the city.
On Tuesday police shot and harmed a man who attacked an officer outside Paris’ Notre Dame cathedral.
“Taking into account the current context of terrorism and the national danger level, the train guard did not take any risks and for the avoidance of doubt had the man questioned,” a representative for national train organization SNCF told to a news agency.